The news comes after the recent Brazilian beef scandal, with widespread reports of corruption and bribery.
The USDA confirmed late yesterday that they have issued the ban on Brazilian imports as a high number of shipments failed regulation safety checks.
The USDA have increased safety checks on Brazilian produce since March of this year, after news of the scandal broke.
It has been reported that over ten percent of all Brazilian beef has been rejected since then.
This ban could see other countries following suit and Brazil, currently the world’s top beef and poultry exporter, could see a huge dent in its economy.
Though it is not expected that China, one of the largest importers of the beef, will follow suit and impose a ban.
The ban will be imposed until a time when the Brazilian Agriculture department take the correct action and rectify their regulatory methods.
This has led to calls from the IFA National Livestock Chairman,Angus Woods, for EU authorities to remove beef from any Mercosur deal.
Mr. Woods said, “Irish and European farmers will be rightly questioning how EU negotiators can continue to engage with the Mercosur countries given this decision by the USDA. The Department of Agriculture in the US has suspended all imports of fresh beef amid ‘recurring concerns’ about the food safety of the product.”
Angus Woods said the EU Commission Food and Veterinary Office have undertaken a number of investigations on standards in Brazil and he called for the immediate publication of these reports.
Mr Woods then challenged the Commission on the issue of standards saying that the Mercosur countries had consistently failed to meet EU standards on the key issues of traceability, animal health and welfare controls, the ban on hormone growth promoters, and environmental controls, "US authorities have recognised that there is a problem and have insisted that consumers cannot be exposed to food products that do not meet US standards" he said.
Angus Woods said he has met with the EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis in Dublin recently and he reiterated the IFA’s strong views on the Brazilian meat scandal.
He concluded, “Since the ‘Weak Flesh scandal’ story broke in the Brazilian media last March, the real story regarding the sheer extent and political involvement in the scandal and corruption is only beginning to emerge in Brazil.”